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Measuring mutual fund herding - A structural approach

Citation
Frey S, Herbst P & Walter A (2014) Measuring mutual fund herding - A structural approach. Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, 32, pp. 219-239. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.intfin.2014.05.006

Abstract
This paper proposes a methodological improvement to empirical studies of herd behavior based on investor transactions. By developing a simple model of trading behavior, we show that the traditionally used herding measure produces biased results. As this bias depends on characteristics of the data, it also affects the robustness of previous findings. We derive a new measure that is unbiased and shows superior statistical properties for data sets commonly used. In an analysis of the German mutual fund market, our measure provides new insights into fund manager herding that would have been undetected under the traditional statistic.

Keywords
Herding; LSV measure; Mutual funds

Journal
Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money: Volume 32

StatusPublished
Author(s)Frey, Stefan; Herbst, Patrick; Walter, Andreas
Publication date30/09/2014
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/21388
PublisherElsevier
ISSN1042-4431
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